Lack of practice at 'home' National Stadium pitch before Suzuki Cup but fan support more crucial

Singapore Lions football team captain Hariss Harun told The Straits Times that the team would have liked to play and train more at the National Stadium to be more familiar with the pitch.
Singapore Lions football team captain Hariss Harun told The Straits Times that the team would have liked to play and train more at the National Stadium to be more familiar with the pitch.PHOTO: ST FILE

Just one session on stadium pitch before Suzuki Cup but fan support more crucial

The National Stadium has been marketed as the "Home of the Lions", but the Singapore football team will train on its pitch only once ahead of their Nov 9 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup opener against Indonesia.

The Straits Times understands that just like the visitors, Fandi Ahmad's men will be allocated one on-pitch session at the Kallang venue the day before the match. All their local sessions before that will be held at the Football Association of Singapore-run Geylang Training Centre. It is believed that the Lions would have preferred to have at least one more session on the pitch.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline 'Lack of practice at 'home''. Print Edition | Subscribe